Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Blueberry Maple Stout
Saugatuck Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Blueberry Maple StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Blueberry Maple Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #839
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,724
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 10%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
80
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Saugatuck Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
93
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Blueberry Maple StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Blueberry Maple Stout
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Reviews by Dactrius:
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 03, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If there's two things Michigan loves beer-wise, it's their stouts and their blueberries. This was sent over graciously to me by superspak. a 2018 issue, said to enjoy within 6 months - I think I'm good here.

A violent pour into a snifter yields a dark coffee color with a steady, firm creamy ring of beige-red. It sticks to the sides of the glass, and leaves a few alcohol legs as well.

Aroma yields antiseptic blueberry paired with chunky chocolate, some caramel, slight tin, chocolate chip cookies, pancake batter, and faint woody maple syrup.

The flavor is like crispy chocolate chip pancake edges, blueberry syrup, bourbon maple, stick margarine, caramel, and coffee. The only flavors that detract from this delicious breakfast in a bottle would be the dirty earthy sock notes hanging around weaving in and out of the pancake'd profile.

Feel is creamy and dry - like a coffee with shots of milk. The booze heat does creep up a bit but it's very well hidden, you don't feel it till it's in your gut. A sticky residue remains on the lips and the cheeks are set on fire with lasting carbonation and bourbon stickiness.

Overall, a very very tasty stout. Whether I'd prefer to have this over the regular is something I haven't decided yet. I suppose it's a lot like FBS and KBS. If you're feeling bourbon, you'll grab a KBS. If you're not, FBS will do the trick perfectly. That's about where I'm at with the Saugatuck Blueberry Maple Stout. Worth a try.

Apr 26, 2018
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Shantzak from California

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 23, 2019
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stortore from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. 2018 edition, had 10/4/18.

Pours a mostly opaque dark brown, with no real head and some soapy lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, maple- more as it warms, some blueberries, some toffee, light bourbon, light oak. The taste pretty much follows along, with more bourbon and blueberries than the nose, malt, chocolate, maple, some vanilla and caramel, light oak. Smooth, a good full body, well carbonated.

The maple is the star here, with the blueberries also showing well. The bourbon really adds to base beer in the flavor, not so much in the aroma. Enjoyable and fun to drink.

Apr 08, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the hidden bennies to being a day-to-day substitute teacher is that I frequently frequent just about every quadrant of the city on a routine basis. It is when I am on the west end that I take the opportunity to drop in at Dominion Pizza on Columbia Avenue to see what's doing. Today was no exception & I was elated to find yet another beer from Saugatuck BC that I have not yet reviewed. Cool!

From the Bottle: "Please Note: All of our beers, including this one, are intended to be consumed fresh. We guarantee our beers for 6 months from package date. Cellar at your own risk."; "25 IBUs".

This one is the 2019 vintage with a date of "PKGD 011619" so just over a month old! I Pop!ped the cap & began a C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. It was kind enough to perform a pseudo-cascade that settled into just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was definitely blueberry & pancakes, but with a sharpness, like blueberry syrup on buckwheat pancakes. That was a favorite of mine at The Best Breakfast (5141 S Saviers Road Oxnard, CA 93033) while I lived at 700 Pleasant Valley Road, just down the street. Ah, memories. Blueberries are my second fave, just behind strawberries, but strawberry syrup on those pancakes just did not mesh well. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, a little weak for the style. The taste was definitely of blueberry, but that should not be misconstrued as "sweet". Instead, it had a tweak to it that might have been from the barrel, could have been from the bourbon, I cannot put my finger on it, but it was there. Finish was semi-sweet, very much of the blueberries with a bready/pancake maltiness. It was a nice addition/find from Saugatuck, IMHO. YMMV.

Feb 19, 2019
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beerguy04 from Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a coffee black with a small khaki colored head. Smell is of blueberry and a faint smell of booze. Taste is the same. Reminds me of blueberry pancakes. Has a syrupy aftertaste.Mouthfeel is medium. You can chew the beer. Overall, a great breakfast beer.

Apr 13, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of bourbon, oak, vanilla, maple and toffee. Great bourbon taste with maple, toffee and caramel. Not much blueberry comes through.

May 01, 2018
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szmnnl99 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 31, 2018
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I received this beer from a recent BIF, thank you very much. I have never heard of this brewery, but I am excited to try this beer. The beer is 52 degrees and served in a tulip glass. A hard pour produced a one finger dark tan head. The head is airy and foamy with poor retention. The head left zero lacing and a light tan ring around the beer. The color of the beer is SRM 37 dark brown/black. The clarity of the beer is opaque. Not much else is discernable the beer is dark and inky.

I get the berry and bourbon barrel notes on the initial aroma. Additional aromas in the beer are oak, bready, toffee, chocolate, caramel, maple, burnt sugars, dark roasted malts, yeast, molasses, vanilla, and alcohol.

The initial flavor of the beer is a bourbon maple syrup pancake in a beer. Oak, toffee, caramel, chocolate, maple, molasses, char, bready, yeast, vanilla, and earthiness in the beer.

The mouthfeel of the beer is coating and rich.
The body of the beer is full, medium carbonation, and full finish.
I would have loved to seen a chewier mouthfeel in the beer. The beer is a little thin for me. The beer is flavorful and balanced.

Apr 15, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with small, quick receding head. Smell is great. Maple and blueberries. That's about it. Taste is where this shines. Chocolate, fresh blueberries, maple syrup, biscuity malts and hint of cinnamon. The body is medium and chewy, especially for a 6% beer. Love this.

Mar 19, 2017
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Jan 26, 2019
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 21, 2019
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thinwhiteduke from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 05, 2018
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krome from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 06, 2018
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djrn2 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 19, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2018 vintage bottling. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a small fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, fudge, lightly tart blueberries, bourbon, toasted oak, and bread dough; with light notes of coconut, marshmallow, molasses, raisins, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, blueberries, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, fudge, lightly tart blueberries, bourbon, toasted oak, and bread dough; with light notes of coconut, marshmallow, molasses, raisins, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very mild roast bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, fudge, blueberries, bourbon, toasted oak, bread dough, light coconut/marshmallow, roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, blueberries, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a solid roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Mild carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, and velvety mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slightly slick/syrupy. Zero chalky roast, oak tannins, or dryness. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.5%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing BBA fruited/dessert imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, blueberries, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Very rich and complex, perfect barrel integration, and not overwhelming on blueberries. A highly enjoyable offering.

Mar 03, 2018
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heysuz from Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 11, 2019
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stanale from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 24, 2017
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Giggy from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 09, 2019
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jduprey007 from Michigan

3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 11, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with no light seeping through. No trace of foam is on top. The aroma is of blueberries, maple, alcohol, and an undercurrent of vanilla. I taste intense blueberries, maple syrup, vanilla, and caramel. The mouth is thick and a bit chewy.

Dec 29, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/9/18; drank 2/6/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small tan head; decent lace.

Oops-all-berries, blueberry syrup & faint bourbon notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Oops-all-berries, blueberry syrup, sticky maple & faint bourbon flavors.

SWEET as all get-out; drinkable, but this is a barrel-aged stout as envisioned by a little kid. No balance; too sweet.

Feb 07, 2018
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Zaphog from Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mar 16, 2018
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beergorrilla from Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mar 16, 2018
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smartassboiler from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 11, 2018
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Blueberry Maple Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 80 ratings